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Summer is on its last leg. I can tell by the long shadows, the crazy wasps, the shorter days and the cool mornings.

An Artist paint Buon Giorno across the street at Tompkins Park, Calgary Alberta

An Artist paints Buon Giorno restaurant across the street at Tompkins Park, Calgary Alberta

In these parts August, is the month with the highest range of temperature in a day. It can be anywhere from 4-10c (40-50f)  in the mornings to 20-30c (68-86f)  in the afternoon – Perfect for sleeping!

Speaking of crazy wasps, I have discovered that if I burn incense while I’m outside the crazy fermented fruit-eating wasps go away. I watch them come at me like fighter pilots and then make sudden U-Turns and high tail it out of there.

A girl plays with the water at Olympic Plaza across from City Hall, Calgary Alberta

A girl plays with the water at Olympic Plaza across from City Hall, Calgary Alberta

Another cool discovery through my BFF via her daughter is a cheap and easy way to treat unfinished wood. I have a southern exposure. My balcony always has sun and the little wooden table out there looked like a relic from the pioneer days.

This little recipe fixed up my table and also my BFF’s deck in the backyard. Are you ready for it? Go get a pen…

You should have seen it before. It's like brand new now!

You should have seen it before. It’s like brand new now!

It’s 3 parts Canola Oil, 1 part vinegar… that’s it, that’s all – just use a cloth to rub it in…

In other news, my Dad is still recovering well from surgery. He has this beard thing going on and I swear he is one of the few guys in the world who still has more than his share of hair at age 79. With the growth of a beard, he is looking all scientist-doctorish and I’m thinking I need to be calling him Doctor Father Schwenk, PhD or something.

As for work on my future plans and The Other Bottom Line,  I continue to make progress when I’m not distracted by sunny days, crazy wasps, long shadows, fix-your-wood  recipes and the odd stabs of who-the-heck-do-you-think-you-are  thoughts.

If you like summer. If you like Jazz. You need to click below. That’s it, that’s all.

~ THE HUMP DAY CHRONICLES ~

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